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"NIGHTLIFEDiamond Jim's: Barbara Vaught Jan. 12-13 at 1616 S. 325th St. Call 838-1440.Jake's Ales: Girl Trouble Blues with Hurricane Andrew Larson Jan. 13 at 2318 S.W. 336th St. Smoke-free. Call 927-1288.PJ Pockets: NiteCrew Jan. 4-7 at 1320 S. 324th St. 839-9922.Planet Hot Rod: Nothing Sacred, Upper Structure Jan. 12. Jacob Jess, Fantastic 4 Jan. 13 at 7403 Pacific Highway S. in Milton. Call 926-3599.Salty's at Redondo: Kevin Jones Wednesdays. Miles Crew Thursdays. John Buck Fridays. Paul Kroeger Saturdays at 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S. Call 946-0636.Verrazano's: Toast Jan. 10 at 28835 Pacific Highway S. Call 946-4122.Christies: Version 2.0 Jan. 11-13 at Best Western Executive Inn, 5700 Pacific Highway E., Fife. Call 922-0080.Muckleshoot Casino: Spiral Starecase through Jan. 14. 2000 Degrees Jan. 12-13 at 2402 Auburn Way S. 1-800-804-4944Shipwreck Restaurant & Lounge: Audio Backlash Jan. 12-13 at 1941 Marine View Drive. Call 383-3708.The Fabulous Firwood: The Boinkers Jan. 12-13 at 8014 Valley Ave. E., Puyallup. Call 926-0476.The Swiss: 80s Something Jan. 12. Just Dirt Jan. 13 at 1904 S. Jefferson, Tacoma. 572-2821.DINNER THEATER 'West Side Story': Two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks in Auburn Ave Dinner Theatre's production of West Side Story. Musical highlights includes Maria, Tonight, America, Somewhere, and I Feel Pretty. The musical runs through March 10 at 10 Auburn Ave. Dinner seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Dinner seating is at 3 p.m., show at 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16.85-$35.95. Call (253) 833-5678.'Murder at KTMP': A 1940s Radio Hour with great tunes from the '40s is the backdrop for a murder at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse musical murder mystery dinner Murder at KTMP. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and help solve the mystery at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at VFW Post No. 91, 2000 S. Union Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $30. For reservations, call (253) 565-6TMP. STAGE'The Voice of the Turtle': A simple, American post-World War II comedy tells the stories of up-and-coming actresses, Sally Middleton and Olive Lashbrooke and their romances, in The Voice of the Turtle. Presented by Tacoma Actors Guild, it runs through Jan. 21 at Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, downtown Tacoma. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12.50-$28. Call (253) 272-2145. 'Rent': A community of artists struggle with the hopes and tough realities of today's world in Rent, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical written by Jonathan Larson. Rent returns to the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Performances will be at 8 p.m. through Jan. 13, and 2 p.m. Jan. 11 and 13. Tickets are $21.50-$53.50. Seats in the front two rows are available for $20 for every performance, two hours prior to the show, limited to two tickets per person, cash only at the box office, 901 Pine Street. Call (206) 292-ARTS.'Neville's Island': Four British businessmen are sent out on a survival weekend by their management and mishaps follow in Burien Little Theatre's production of Neville's Island, a comedy by Tom Firth. The play runs Jan. 12-Feb. 4 at the theater, Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street, Burien. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8-$12. For reservations, call (206) 242-5180. 'A Delicate Balance': Seattle Repertory Theatre presents A Delicate Balance Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about unfulfilled lives, broken promises and jealousies that tear at the structure of family life. Agnes and Tobias, a middle-aged couple, engage in a battle of wills with the drunk Claire, Agnes's sister; and adjust to living with daughter Julia, returning home after another failed marriage, and terrorized neighbors, Harry and Edna. Previews run through Jan. 14, the play opens Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays at the Leo K. Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $29-$42. Call (206) 443-2222.'Swing!': Direct from Broadway, the musical Swing! celebrates the music and dance phenomenon of the '30s and '40s that's returned today in an all-singing, all-dancing performance at Seattle's Paramount Theatre Jan. 16-21. In addition to several original songs, Swing! features classic swing tunes such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Harlem Nocturne, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) and Stompin' at the Savoy. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21 at the theater, 911 Pine St. Tickets are $16-$50. Call Ticketmaster, (206) 292-ARTS.'Phantom': Broadway Center for the Performing Arts presents Phantom, a musical based on the Gaston Leroux novel, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma. Tony Award-winning performers will play a new version of the disfigured composer, who falls in love with his protege, by looking into his tragic past. Tickets are $19.75-$52. Call (253) 591-5894.'King Christophe': Seattle Public Theater presents the Tragedy of King Christophe, a true tale of the first black monarch of the modern world, from galley slave to king to legend. Written by Aime Césaire, it tells of a dictator in Haiti during the time of Napoleon. Performances run Jan. 11-Feb. 4 at the Green Lake Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$19. Call (206) 524-1300 or visit Mime and juggling: Juggler Thomas Arthur brings spinning spheres, hoops, spirals and geometric shapes to a performance of magical illusions and wacky characters with Seattle Mime Theatre on Jan. 20. It begins at 3 p.m. at Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, 10020 S.E. 256th St., Kent. Tickets are $8-$10 in advance, and $10-$12 at the door. Call (253) 856-5050.Spalding Gray: Storyteller Spalding Gray, described as a new wave Mark Twain, gives details of one day in the life of his family in a monologue titled Morning, Noon and Night. He performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $12.50-$32. Call (253) 591-5894.'The Gin Game': Renton Civic Theatre presents The Gin Game, a comedy on aging, coping and special relationships. This winner of the Pulitzer Prize, written by D.L. Coburn, runs Jan. 19-Feb. 18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the theater, 507 S. Third St., Renton. Tickets are $15-$20. Call (425) 226-5529.'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum': Tacoma Musical Playhouse presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. Forum takes place in Rome where a slave, longing for freedom, attempts to reach his goal through many hilarious means. The production runs Jan. 26-Feb. 18; showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $10-$17. Call (253) 565-6TMP.CONCERTSSecond City Chamber Series: The works of Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Antonin Dvorak are performed during a concert by the Second City Chamber Series at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 in The Great Hall at Annie Wright School in Tacoma. Tickets are $14-$18, at the door. Call (253) 627-4429.'Young Orchestra Series' concert: Tacoma Classical Youth Sinfonia, a Mozart orchestra of maturing string and wind players, and Tacoma String Philharmonia, designed for older, beginning string players, perform in a Young Orchestra Series concert Jan. 13. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 301 S. Ninth in downtown Tacoma. Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs conducts the Tacoma Classical Youth Sinfonia, and Karla Timmerman-Epperson conducts the Tacoma String Philharmonia. Both orchestras are members of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, which is comprised of numerous Federal Way students in its six orchestras. Tickets are by donation for main floor seating, and $6-$10 balcony seating. Tickets, call (253) 591-5894. For information, call (253) 627-2792. 'Voices of Jazz, Danced': Seattle jazz vocalist Greta Matassa and her five-piece jazz ensemble collaborate with Spectrum Dance Theater in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Auburn Performing Arts Center. This BRAVO! Series program, presented by the Auburn Arts Commission, features new, original arrangements of 14 familiar songs. The center is at 700 E. Main St., Auburn. Tickets are $6-$10. Call (253) 931-3043.'Charms of the Night Sky': Jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas brings his quartet Charms of the Night Sky to the main stage at On The Boards, 100 W. Roy, lower Queen Anne in Seattle. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 14. Tickets are $16-$18. Call Earshot Jazz, (206) 547-6763 or Ticketmaster, (206) 628-0888.Tokyo String Quartet: The award-winning chamber ensemble, Tokyo String Quartet returns to Seattle to appear at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Meany Theater on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Tickets are $30. For tickets, call (206) 543-4880.'Voices of Elvis': Local Elvis illusionist Danny Vernon performs various Elvis styles, ranging from rock and roll, country, blues, patriotic, inspirational and opera, during a Celebration of Differences senior birthday luncheon. It begins at noon Jan. 19 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. Tickets are $4.50-$5.50, includes fried chicken luncheon and show. Call (253) 856-5164. Tacoma Philharmonic: Oregon Symphony Orchestra with pianist Louie Lortie are guests of the Tacoma Philharmonic in concert Jan. 19. Works by Chopin and Mahler are on the program beginning at 8 p.m. at Pantages Theatre, 901 Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Tickets are $20-$45. Call (253) 272-0809.Tacoma Symphony Orchestra: Maureen McGovern is special guest of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Pantages Theatre, 901 Broadway. The singer of hits like There's Got to be a Morning After and We May Never Love Like This Again will perform Gershwin and Cole Porter. Tickets are $16-$50. For tickets, call Broadway Center Ticket Office, (253) 591-5894. 'Young Orchestra Series' concert: Tacoma Junior Symphony, conducted by Dale Johnson, and Tacoma String Symphony, conducted by Karla Timmerman-Epperson, perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma. Both orchestras are members of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, which is comprised of numerous Federal Way students in its six orchestras. Tickets are by donation for main floor seating, and $6-$10 balcony seating. Tickets, call (253) 591-5894. For information, call (253) 627-2792. DANCESingles Winter Ball: The Dancin DJ spins favorite hits and oldies from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 12 during the Singles Winter Ball at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom. Formal attire is recommended. Must be 21. Tickets are $35 at the door, space available. For information and advance tickets, call (206) 243-8536.'Paint the Town Red': A four-course gourmet buffet, live and silent auctions, raffles, music and dancing are part of Federal Way Rotary's Paint the Town Red Winter Ball and Benefit. The formal event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Temple Theatre in downtown Tacoma. Proceeds from the fund-raiser directly benefit local scholarships, community agencies and area programs. Tickets are $100 per person, including valet parking. Corporate sponsorships are available and include amenities. For ticket information, donations or sponsorships, call Mike Harris at (253) 838-4496.COMEDYEnnio: Comic Ennio Marchetto brings his witty and irreverent take on cultural icons, using only imagination and costumes made of paper to The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle Jan. 16-21. Presented by The Seattle Theatre Group, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16-18; 8 p.m. Jan. 19; 5 and 9 p.m. Jan. 20; and 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets are $20-$35. Call Ticketmaster, (206) 292-ARTS. ESPECIALLY FOR KIDSTreasure Island: Find out what happens when young Jim Hawkins meets the pirate Long John Silver in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Treasure Island. Performances of this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in Tacoma. Tickets are $5-$14. Call (253) 591-5894.'Mask of the Unicorn Warrior': Seattle Children's Theatre presents a mythical tale of fate and secrecy in Mask of the Unicorn Warrior running Jan. 26-March 10 in the Charlotte Martin Theatre at the Seattle Center. Mask of the Unicorn Warrior is set in the Middle Ages, with kings, knights, battles and mystical creatures and forces. Performances run at 7 p.m. Fridays, and at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Tickets are $14.50-$22. Call the SCT box office at (206) 441-3322 or visit'Billy Budd': Set aboard an 18th century warship, the conflict of good and evil clash in the opera Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville's story of a young sailor in Britain's Royal Navy. Presented by Seattle Opera, performances will be Jan. 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 24 and 27 at the Seattle Center Opera House. For tickets, call (206) 389-7676. AUDITIONS'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat': Auburn Ave Dinner Theater will audition for roles for men, women and children in its dinner theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Actors should prepare a short monologue and 34-48 bars of singing. Auditions will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 1 p.m. Jan. 14, and 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn. Call (253) 833-5678.Tacoma Master Chorale: Audition appointments are ongoing through Jan. 19 for all voice parts for the Tacoma Master Chorale Mozart C minor Mass concert set for March 11. For an appointment, call (253) 565-6867.'The Tokens': Tacoma's improv group, The Tokens, is now accepting wits and novice actors of all ages, all backgrounds to participate in free practices, open mikes, and improv. Audition not necessary. E-mail: or call (253) 274-0758.Audition workshops: Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory offers private audition coaching for experienced performers to prepare and/or polish specific audition pieces. Register at the studio at 1710 S. 341st Place or call 661-1444 for an appointment.Shades of Summer concerts and 4th of July Festival: The Auburn Arts Commission is recruiting performing artists for a series of outdoor events. Performances may be in any genre, music, drama or other family entertainment. For five weeks in July and August the Auburn Arts Commission presents Kids' Summer Sounds, Wednesday afternoon performances for young children, and Sundown at Game Farm Park, Friday night music and theater for all ages. Artists should specify whether they're interested in Kids' Summer Sounds, Sundown at Game Farm Park or 4th of July Festival, featuring roving entertainers, a kids' stage and main stage. Mail promotional kits (must include audio or video) to Auburn Arts Commission, Attn: call for artists, 25 West Main St., Auburn, Wash 98001. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 29. "

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